Capteur Soleil: Using The Sun To Sterilize Medical Instruments

An engineering team at Rice University have adapted a cooking device for areas in development into a tool that can sterilize medical instruments.

Kyle Studstill
Kyle Studstill on May 4, 2011.

Engineering students at Rice University have adapted a heating element from a cooking device for disaster relief zones into a tool that can sterilize medical instruments in the developing world using the sun alone. The device features a super-insulated frame that holds a central steel tube, upon which rays from the sun are focused through use of a concave mirror. The tube heats and boils water into a high-pressure steam, which is used to then sterilize medical tools for safe use.

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[via Inhabitat]

TOPICS: Environmental / Green, Science
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Kyle Studstill is a regular contributor to Kyle works as a consultant working at the New York office of PSFK. His background is in analysis, from the analysis of cultural and technological change, to analysis of consumer and human insight, to military intelligence analysis with the US Intelligence and Security Command. Kyle loves the future, much like O'Brien from Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.